A windy road to Lamayuru Monastery

Lamayuru Monastery is a high mountain monastery at an elevation of 3.510m (11,515ft) above the sea level, located in Kargil District, Western Ladakh, India.

Lamayuru Monastery

The road to the monastery, also known as Yuru Gompa, is a newly paved road with many serpentines in gorgeous scenery! Renowned as Tharpa Ling which means the ‘place of freedom’; Lamayuru monastery is the oldest and one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir.

This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. Make sure you leave enough time to make plenty of stops along the way. The monastery is famous for its rich wall paintings, collection of thangkas, murals, scriptures and statues of different forms of Buddha and other deities. Besides its monastery, Lamayuru also attracts tourists for its landscape quite similar to the lunar terrain. Though remote, the landscape is a favourite with photographers and trekkers.
Pic: Saurabh Arora